To Start walk, drive 4 miles down the Harris Rd from Lougheed Highway. In other words, if driving in a Maple Ridge direction, turn left on Harris at the gas station.
Although there are many points of access to the dykes in Pitt Meadows, most people tend to stop off before this option. Ranches and farms will be on your left the river on the right. To venture in the other direction is interesting but a shorter walk, as it comes to a dead end quite quickly.
This is the only part of the dykes pathways that I’ve spotted a bear! Well, Donna spotted it while I was following it’s prints. I would’ve probably followed the prints with my head down until I bumped right into the nice friendly Black Bear 🙂
You’ll see, local businesses, horse ranches and farms, house boats, a variety odd boats some rather scruffy and semi-submerged (bit of a mess really), and the Pitt Meadows boat club on the other side of the river.
Its a comfortable 2 hour walk at average walking speed. Keep going to you reach Harris Rd, then turn round and come back, or not. If you decide to cross the Harris Rd and continue you’ll have an interesting choice of which side of the river to continue on. Look at some of my other blogs to help with that decision:-)
We saw Osprey’s and Eagles on this hike, very impressive!
This hike is the Loop Trail, but rather than follow the loop, we came back the way we came. In my categories, this makes it “Lazy Easy” 🙂 On the ever present maps it’s a green trail, which is Easy
We were short of time with the car park shutting at 5pm and us turning up at 3pm, we decided not to risk getting the car locked in.
From Mountain Highway, make your way to Lynn Valley Rd. if driving. Easily accessible by bus (228 from Sea bus) after you get off the ferry to the North Shore. The bus station will be immediately in front of you.
Driving past Peters Place on the right continue on Lynn Valley Road. Peters Place is one of the bus stops, you can walk down there for hikes starting at the suspension bridge, also nice little restaurant and plenty of parking. But, we’ll go on up Lynn Valley Rd to a left hand bend, the road looks like it ends here with a great little cafe come shop on the left. The café is worth a visit my favorite, apple pie and ice cream. So don’t take the road round, just drive straight down the narrow road that leads to the Varley Trail. There are three car parks, you might want to resist parking right at the end, guess what, you’ll get there and it’ll be full, you’ll have to turn round. Well, all extra exercise is welcome:-)
The creek looks totally fresh as it passes underneath. Time given for the full Loop is around 2 hours, so half the loop is around an hour. What I love about this walk is it’s as attractive in the winter (if not more so in snow) as in the summer. I love the wooden bridges.
Not a bad idea to dress up warm, even though it’s just a short winter walk, the temperature can drop quickly in the afternoon.
You can follow the trail up to Norvan Falls and beyond, and that hike we’ll follow on another day. However on this short walk after about 5 kms there’s an opening Third Debris Chute. Go to the top and turn right for the Loop (not covered today), or just turn round and back to the car park. A nice easy quick walk! I didn’t have a dog for this walk but if I did, I would mind the company of this fellow – last photo 🙂